Ministry of Health: Maternal Deaths On Rise


sale sans-serif; color: #222222;”>The report further reveals major gaps requiring urgent attention and approved sans-serif; color: #222222;”>such gaps may fail the country to attain its targeted Millennium Development Goals.

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Cited among the gaps were, delays of women seeking care, lack of blood products, hospital supplies and staff negligence among others.

Worst of all, majority of the maternal deaths are not notified neither recorded at any public health facility.

According to a previous study; The Uganda Demographic Health survey 2011, there was no reduction in maternal mortality in the previous five years, an indication that most mothers were dying outside the health facilities.

Now, a new report by UNPFA and ministry of Health reveals that 55% of the mothers who died did not receive any Antenatal care while 13.3% had no evidence of having Antenatal service.

13.3% of the deceased had no evidence of having Antenatal service.

The report further indicates that in 38.4% of the cases, mothers were referred from one hospital to another and even when all hospitals should provide comprehensive Emergency Obstetric care.

The Assistant Commissioner in-charge of Child Health, Dr. Jessica Nsugwa, feels that unless community members are involved in the family planning activities, many mothers will continue dying unknowingly.

Nsungwa adds: “There should be partnership for better health care services and the law to regulate both parties should be streamlined to avoid public threatening the staff.”

Now, medical experts have been urged to go back on the drawing board on key issues that are contributing to increased cases of maternal

Sarah Opendi says that blame should only be put on particular individuals rather than the whole system, if there is failure in providing quality health care to a client.

The report also shows that maternal deaths occurred almost equally among those who delivered naturally and those delivered by caesarean section with majority of deceased as they delivered being registered in hospitals.

This may indicate inadequate monitoring of mothers especially if they have had normal delivery.

Post-partum haemorrhage, uterine rupture and induced abortion cases were sighted as indicators of unmet needs for family planning.

Close to 17% of the deaths were among women who had had five or more pregnancies as most of the mothers died in their prime age of 18 to 34 years.

The report serves to highlight gaps in maternal and prenatal death auditing reporting to these gaps should lead to strengthening the MPDR processes and outcomes as well as improve maternal and newborn health.

Subsequently, progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be accelerated.


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